JonMoore (1957) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RFD DC. Light amber coloured with a decent white head. Hoppy. piney aroma. Very hoppy taste but with some balancing malts. Full bodied and excellent.
MarkBarnes (386) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan. 24, 2006; 12 oz. bottle
This is one *fine* IPA. As attractive, well-balanced & satisfying ("chewy," almost) as they come. A sturdy malt component gives the hops meaning. This is definitely a winner; and I’m looking forward to sampling some of this brewery’s other offerings.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
American India Pale Ale, aka AIPA is a substyle of pale ale, and is quite different from traditional, or British India Pale Ale, or BIPA. Some argue that AIPA got its start in the Pacific North West and Northern California, Washington state to be exact. Way back in the early 80’s Bert Grant opened a brewpub in Yakima, WA. Yakima is hop growing county, the PNW is lush with hop fields. So, the story goes Grant made a lavish, hoppy pale ale, and revived the term IPA here in the states. Other West Coast brewers followed suit, and a new substyle was born, AIPA. What is AIPA? Its an aggressively hopped pale ale, about 7% abv, and with a range of say 60-100 IBU’s. IBU means International Bitterness Unit, it measures the bitterness in a beer, the higher the number, the more bitter a beer is. But AIPA isn’t all about hop bitterness, its about hop flavors, and aromas. Many brewers use a technique called dry hopping. This step is to give a beer intense hop aromatics. Some brewers put additions of "dry" hops in the hop strainer, some condition the beer on hops, others even put a little mesh bag of hops in the keg.
So, AIPA is a beer that showcases HOPS. Some are one dimensional, hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, can be overwhelming, but in most instances, that is what the brewer is intending to do. These beers are not for the timid, they are intense. The hop varieties used in AIPA are most often grown in the PNW and are varieties such as Cascades, Chinooks, Columbus, and Centennials. This hop varieties produce those signature, piney, citric, resiny hop flavors and aromas. It really makes sense for PNW and West Coast brewers in general to do this style, they are in America’s hop growing country after all.
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin is a classic example of AIPA. This beer is what us beer gurus, and hop heads(someone who loves hoppy beers) call a Hop Monster. Hop Ottin pours to a deep golden color with a nice white head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic. HUGE aromas of piney, citric hops flood the nose. It smells as if you were walking through a pine forest after a rain storm. The hop aromas are very intense. The palate is a firm malt back bone of pale malts, just a touch of caramel malt flavor can be picked up, but this beer is designed to showcase hops, and hops just dominate, the malt is a supporting player in this beer. This beer EXPLODES into a HUGE, long, dry, resiny, piney, intense bitter hop finish. WOW, this is a big pucker of a beer to be sure. Really intense hop flavors, aromas, and bitterness define Hop Ottin. For hop heads, this beer is a star. This is a fantastic aperitif, and goes EXTREMELY well with intensely hot cuisine. Match this with Tai or Indian dishes. This beer goes perfect with extra hot Buffalo wings. The intense bitterness really holds up to the intense heat of Tabasco, or habenero peppers. Its a match made in heaven.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I used to like this beer a lot, but it has lost some of it’s edge. Still a very good IPA, tastes is somewhat similar to a two hearted ale at first, but then it looses a lot of that grassy kick.
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Flying Pie on Fairview: A cloudy copper ale with a fizzy off-white head. The aromas is a tangy hop variety. The taste is great and more filling: hops, grains and something else that I could identify that I really liked. It seems to be fairly "dry", but doesn’t lose its smooth, creamy and easy finish. An enjoyable all around IPA.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had this on tap, poured a copperish amber color with a modest off-white head, aroma of citrus, apricots, and hops, the taste was hoppy, sweet, a little citrusy with a slight bitterness perfectly blended, nice full bodied brew, good IPA.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops with some sweetness. Taste is somewhat milder and less complex than the aroma, with grapefruit and pine hops dominating with some light sweetness. Long bitter finish. Pretty good.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Pours clear golden amber with average carbonation. Floral, somewhat sweet aroma. Not as bitter as I like in an IPA, but VERY well balances with the sweetness of the malt. Crisp fading to silky mouthfeel. Bonus points for the cool copy on the bottle (down the side of the front panel, "Brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops." -- Awesome!) Was a bit more expensive, but well worth it. Would TOTALLY buy again.
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly golden-orange with a large creamy white head. Big aroma of fresh juicy citrus hops and just enough sweet malt. Great flavour, very grapefruity -- the hops are subtle at first but really come out in the bitter aftertaste. Also, there’s enough malt and some honey there to balance the flavour out. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied. Fantastic, one of the best IPAs out there.
Gachupines (994) - USA - DEC 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with tan head. Aroma is strong floral. Taste is strong hops and citrus with a sweet malt backbone and dry finish. Hop bitterness in the aftertaste as well. Rather nice IPA.